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Dec 6, 2013 4:30am EST
africa's notorious robin island prison mandela stepped into the waiting arms of his family and joyous expectations of an entire country. >> i cherish the idea -- [indiscernible] >> reporter: he not only became south africa's first black president but an international icon. he won the nobel peace prize after managing to put aside any thoughts of vengeance against his former jailers and instead brought them into a unity covet preserving the nation even as the apartheid system crumb bammed. >> -- crumbled. >> i have fought very firmly. >> reporter: nelson mandela's given name in the south african language translates as troublemaker. it was a teacher who changed it to nelson as the young mandela grew up in a privileged home and first became a lawyer representing blacks who had been forced off their land but his nonviolent apartheid opposition ended abruptly in 1961 after 69 peaceful black protesters were slaughtered by the police in what became known as the sharpville massacre. >> there are many people who fear that it is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and nonv
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